Are past life memories a real thing?

child past life memories

Spiritual schools of the Far East have always postulate that children, in the first years of their life, keeps memories and “conditionings” coming from previous existences.

According to the Western habit tending to the rationalization of every aspect of human life, these themes can instead be tackled only in two ways: either by declaring them completely unrelated to their investigative scope, because they are part of a generic fideistic sphere, or by seeking some experimental confirmation .

There is no lack of scholars who have committed themselves in this sense, just as there is no lack of case studies that seem to suggest that reincarnation is much more than a simple consolatory illusion, as the skeptics believe … The most famous researcher in this field is Ian Stevenson, of the University of Virginia, which has collected several hundred alleged cases of reincarnation. In particular, there are many cases of children who have been able to provide such detailed information that they can be traced back to a previous life. (“Children who remember other lives”, by Ian Stevenson, Ed. Mediterranee, 1991).

One of the classic objections of those who are opposed to reincarnation is this: if the latter were a real phenomenon, they say, why do we never remember anything about our previous lives? To respond adequately, meanwhile, it should be noted that the phenomenon of “remembering” poses the same problems to our mind, whether it is a question of “current” life or whether it is a presumed previous life. In fact, none of us, I believe, is able to remember exactly, at a conscious level, all the details of one’s past, even going back a short amount of time. But the most elementary principle of awareness of mental dynamics managed by the brain tells us that memories “dwell” within us in what we can generically call subconscious. Secondly – always with regard to why we do not remember anything of previous lives – oblivion is necessary and indispensable to preserve from trauma from excessive awareness or if we prefer, from “overload”, our ordinary conscience, thus leaving us more pure and free to make new experiences.

We do not remember why the soul, as Plato said, passes through Lete before incarnating , or the river of oblivion. For some individuals, remembering would be too traumatic. Better to be reborn without memories, free and without conditioning. Furthermore, the action of cultural conditioning to which all of us are subjected, starting from the smallest age, must also be considered. In essence we erase our memories because of these conditionings. Regressive hypnosis (of which, however, many question the efficacy, since it is not sure where information is obtained: from one’s own unconscious or from that of others?) Is a technique capable of removing, or perhaps simply, of “sail “the river Lete without sinking, and the cases in which this happens, especially with children, are not rare.

Preschool seems to be the best, perhaps because the ordinary mind is not yet overwhelmed by the conditioning of life. Just try an Internet search and you will get plenty of stories of parents who were astonished at the sudden outings of their young ones of a few years, who do not really know how to explain themselves. For example, here is one taken from a recent web search, it is about a kid that for a certain period, kept repeating to her mother that drowning is beautiful … because when she drowned, falling down from the boat in the middle of the lake, she saw the angels. Or another one from a four-year-old kid, who not only claims to often see “little creatures” wandering around the house, but also continues to say that they are the same ones he saw … when he lived in the woods with goats …

Are these suggestions coming from today’s life, targeted by the media? It cannot be excluded, even if these cases usually present a type of “clear awareness” that is very different from normal childhood fantasies.

Some scientist believe that children live, for a certain phase of their childhood, still “in contact” with experiences of the previous life and an emotionality partially belonging to the same, and that in certain cases in which “not everything goes according to the rules ”, these aspects are highlighted, causing the child to talk openly about facts or circumstances of previous lives. The cultural environment in which one is born conditions the individual very much, and very often the child who does not have orthodox behavior is brought back “by force” into more suitable fees, perhaps making him feel guilty, giving him a liar or sufficiently treating his utterances, so to speak, anomalous. This type of repression is undoubtedly very dangerous: it is in fact a limitation imposed on a being that is still in a period of life in which the boundaries between existence focused on the present and “global” consciousness are not yet sufficiently clear.

Reincarnation, whether is real or not for all of us, is still for many one of the most beautiful achievements ever reached by the awareness of the human spirit. It is therefore important for us Westerners that we are conditioned by a more materialistic type of culture than the Eastern one, to try to use these limits as stimuli towards a greater openness of mind and spirit. With regard to the ultimate destiny of life. It would be good to keep in mind these words that come from the ancient East: “For the soul there is never birth nor death. It exists and never ceases to exist. It is unborn, eternal, always exists, does not die and is original. He does not die when the body dies”, (Bhagavadgita 2.20).

9 thoughts on “Are past life memories a real thing?

  1. Max Dyer says:

    One of the most interesting cases in the clinical field is that of children who remember other lives.

    • Arlindo Meyers says:

      The problem that arises is not simple, as it is necessary to distinguish the reality from the imagination. Children have a great imagination and sometimes the limit of one from the other and very thin.

  2. Cesario Prado Carrión says:

    By reading some of the stories published on other articles we can deduct that in general, children who “remember” other lives begin to have these “memories”, images or awareness around the age of three or four. After year six or seven these images usually start to decline until they disappear.

  3. Kinga Borkowska says:

    With many difficulties the child perceives himself as a person who has already lived another life and who now finds himself in the body of a child. Also in this case the doubts that these are not real memories but of other remain.

    • Romaine Gauvin says:

      However, many documented cases suggest that the hypothesis of the survival of consciousness to the body could at least be consistent and explain many of the facts found.

  4. Pernille S. Holm says:

    The relevant clinical question has to do with the experiences of these children who, perceiving themselves as actually already lived elsewhere, live this situation with often a lot of difficulty.

  5. Rebecca Ponomaryova says:

    In the various interviews conducted, the researchers found experiences of uneasy separation, at times desperation for the perception of having already lived a lifetime sometimes elsewhere.

  6. Massimo Livolsi says:

    Many children remember the family members of the alleged previous life, sometimes with impressive details, in many cases confirmed by subsequent research. These children thus present experiences of abandonment and separation, often perceiving themselves out of place or simply away from their loved ones.

  7. Ahikar Mortran says:

    Everyone is posting interesting material. I feel we are far from knowing what’s really true. I have read some of the articles reporting this sort of stories but aside from the child testimony there is no much of a proof that he/she belonged to another body in a previous life.

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